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Soon, rent bicycles to cover short distances in City Beautiful

Hoping to encourage cycling among city residents, UT administration is planning to roll out bicycle sharing programme in Chandigarh. The concept entails a public bicycle system or bike rental scheme, wherein bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a short-term basis at a very lost cost, allowing the same bicycle to be used by several users a day.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 06, 2015 12:54 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hoping to encourage cycling among city residents, UT administration is planning to roll out bicycle sharing programme in Chandigarh.

The concept entails a public bicycle system or bike rental scheme, wherein bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a short-term basis at a very lost cost, allowing the same bicycle to be used by several users a day.

Interestingly, a large part of the city already has marked lanes for cyclists that haven’t found many takers. With bicycles being made available on low rent, residents could enjoy peddling down the tree-covered roads of City Beautiful.

The system, which is quite prevalent in several European countries and China, allows people to borrow a bicycle from point ‘A’ and return it at point ‘B’. With this, people can opt for cycling when travelling short distances instead of taking motorised public transport or private vehicles, thereby reducing traffic congestion, noise and air pollution.

For this, the Chandigarh administration plans to provide space on rent to the chosen firms at different designated points such as Sukhna Lake, Sector-17 ISBT, PGIMER, Panjab University, Elante Mall, Beant Singh Memorial Site, etc.

Proposals are being invited from interested parties, such as cycle manufacturing companies and bicycle dealers, following which the concept would be put on the drawing board.

The administration officials said residents could also come up with their suggestions for the concept at the UT secretariat, Sector 9, on February 19.